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timmy93 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2009 at 8:47 AM via web

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I need help on homework. I need to write reasons for Ralph's guilt and innocence for Simon's death and find quotes.

by the way, this assignment is using a hypothetical situation that ralph is bought to court afterwards and tried for simons death.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 17, 2010 at 8:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The beginning of chapter ten is a great place to find both quotes for his innocence and for his guilt.  For example, he is talking to Piggy and Piggy is trying to convince him of his innocence saying that 'It was dark.  There was that - that bloody dance.  There was lightning and thunder and rain.  We was scared!"

But Ralph replies "I wasn't scared, I was - I don't know what I was."  As though he is trying to say that he knew better, he should have done something because he was still in possession of his wits.

Piggy goes on and says it was an accident that Simon "hadn't no business crawling like that out of the dark."  And goes on to excuse them from the dance and the murder.

But Ralph replies again that they were all involved, that of course they were involved in the dance and by extension the murder.

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